WhistlePig Old World 12 Year Old Rye Whiskey

WhistlePig Old World 12 Year Old Rye Whiskey

(0.75l, 43%)


8.6/10
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$112.99
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American Rye with the Old World character

In 2007, a band of dedicated Rye enthusiasts bought a farm — they actually purchased a plot of land in Vermont lovingly named Whistle Pig Farm. They teamed up with master distiller Dave Pickerell — formerly of Maker’s Mark — to bring genuine Rye Whiskey back to the forefront of American Whiskeys. It took a while, but they have now grown to become a true "estate producer," which means that all aspects of their core Whiskey production are on site from growing the grain to bottling the spirit. They produce three award-winning core products and have experimented with a variety of finished wood Rye Whiskeys.

This means quality production by MGP that is aged and finished at WhistlePig Farm in Port, Sauternes, and Madeira wood casks.

The key to the unique flavor character of WhistlePig 12YO is in the combination of the casks. After spending 12 years in new American oak casks, it is then finished in three European wine casks: Madeira, Port and French Sauternes.

Smartass Corner:
What the heck is "whistle pig" anyway? Even though all Whistle Pig Whisky labels are adorned with the sketch of a tuxedo-clad hog, "whistle pig", groundhog and woodchuck all refer to the same animal.
  • Category
    Rye
  • Style
    Rye Whiskey
  • Region
    Vermont
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    12 Year Old
  • Maturation
    American oak, Madeira, Port and French Sauternes casks

Flavor Spiral™

About The Flavor Spiral

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caramel
port
vanilla
spicy
herbs
oak
honey
rancio
orange
What does WhistlePig Old World 12 Year Old Rye Whiskey taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in WhistlePig Old World 12 Year Old Rye Whiskey and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Vanilla and English toffee

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Plenty of Rye spice with stone fruits, orange-blossom honey, and rancio.

Finish
Long with dark chocolate and caramel.
Ratings & Reviews
Greg
Greg,
Spicy sweet rye. Excellent sipper. Better value than the 15 year WP in my opinion.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Too oaky
 
Jon
Jon,
Port taste was overpowering in the middle and lingered in the aftertaste
 
Judy
Judy,
strange. If you compare it with the 15 and the piggyback and the 10, this is the oddest and least fun to drink, IMO
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Loved it
 
Michael
Michael,
I really love this Rye, but it is overpriced for what it is. It is exceedingly smooth with caramel and vanilla dominating the palate. Hard to find another rye this smooth.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
This is my current favorite rye. Smooth and delicious.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Very smooth with a nice mouth-feel. Our bottle seemed to be less spicy than the 6yo WhistlePig Piggyback Rye
 
Robert
Robert,
This is a smooth, silky sweet intro with a cherry finish and only a subtle bit of heat on the end. A very refined and delicately bold whisky. The only reason I gave it a nine rather than a ten is the price.
 
guest
guest,
Very good caramel nose, honey tongue, and spicy finish.
 
Mike
Mike,
I’ve never had a wine cask finish, and this was a helluva way to start. Sweet port, caramel, just a hint of spice. Great stuff.
 
Craig
Craig,
Loved it.
 
Robert
Robert,
Earthy and woody with hints of vanilla.
 
guest
guest,
Superb! This is my go to from WP. The port and madeira finishes are excellent.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Not normally a rye fan but received a 10 12 and 15 year sampler. Thought the 12 was the best of all 3. Don't know if it's worth the money but as a sample was nice to try.
 
Richard
Richard,
Subpar at best. Seemed really thin with no notes singing out.
 
John
John,
Excellent!
 
Roger
Roger,
Best I've ever tasted. Ridiculously smooth. Love it with a nice cigar!
 
Garrett
Garrett,
A great rye, but Whistle Pig has always been a bit overpriced for me. I received this bottle from a vendor and was able to try it out for free, so price wasn't a factor, in the end. 8 stars, because I'm not much of a rye drinker, and this one was pretty tasty.
 
Ben
Ben,
Only rye I’ve tasted that’s better than Piggyback. Hate that it’s over $100, but worth it.
 
Alexander
Alexander,
Spice was nice and not overpowering. Excellent notes, light citrus was nice
 
Christopher
Christopher,
This is such an enjoyable experience. Typically rye whiskeys are hit or miss for me. I currently prefer bourbon. But this is so wonderful from smell to finish. I love the notes of a dark sweet red wine, along with the caramel, oak, and vanilla notes. The rye and spice notes are prevalent, but certainly not overpowering. Finish is nice and easy. It is a little expensive for my typical budget. I have about 3 ounces left in a bottle I acquired in 2018. I will get another eventually. 10/10 no question.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Perfect in my opinion
 
Norman
Norman,
Very smooth, heavy/great caramel, nice spicy finish
 
Michael
Michael,
Such an easy sipper. This wheated bourbon is smooth and gives off just a little hint of sweetness. It's a favorite in the home bar.
 
Jason
Jason,
The smoothest, best tasting rye I have ever had. Great flavor all the way thru. No ice needed just pour it in a glass & relax.
 
RON
RON,
At a tasting in VT I liked this 12 yr over the 15 (but didn’t get to taste the Boss Hog).
 
Josh
Josh,
I am usually not a fruit lover when talking whiskey, but the rye bite balances very well with the orange notes. Very smooth and VERY pleasing aroma.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Damn good.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Gave it a whirl, not my cup of tea
 
Brad
Brad,
Smooth. Tasty. Best. Ever.
 
Amanda
Amanda,
What a treat.
 
Trevor
Trevor,
Very drinkable easy whiskey
 
Joni
Joni,
My go to nicer rye.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Favorite rye! Nice port smell with a bit of butter, a little sweet too. First tasting hits the classic spicy rye flavor - but a little smoother than usual ryes with a good raisin taste. Very smooth towards the end, sweeter finish, with orange, caramel, and just a hint of marshmallow i find with rye
 
Jeff
Jeff,
By far my favorite Rye whiskey. I look forward to trying the 15 yr next.
 
Marwan
Marwan,
I like whisky in general, but I thought I might like rye whisky, well I don't... its not my favorite... it was good, but that's all I can give it...to me, it has some bitterness and some after taste (not long) that I didn't and don't like
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Hands down the best rye whiskey I've ever tasted. So smooth with rich, deep flavor.
 
Jon
Jon,
Love it! This is "the good stuff" in my decanter. Great flavor.
 
David
David,
Didn't like the flavor
 
Daniel
Daniel,
I decided to purchase this since I enjoyed Whistle Pig 10 yr. so much. This did not disappoint! I really adore the long finish that lingers in the mouth and on the tongue. Smooth with just the right amount of spice. Dare I try Whistle Pig 15 yr. next?
 
Brian
Brian,
Really good with ginger ale.
 
Brian
Brian,
Great whiskey for special occasions.
 
Trevor
Trevor,
Just okay
 
James
James,
My first choice of my membership and it did not disappoint. I'm a new whiskey drinker and this on the rocks was phenomenal!
Ruben
Ruben,
You got this whiskey with your new membership? You're lucky!
guest
guest,
Amazing on the nose and palate!
 
guest
guest,
One of the best American whiskeys. Definitely the best among rye. Only the competitor in my mind is Blanton’s bourbon.
 
Michael
Michael,
Smooth spicy.
 
Craig
Craig,
Extremely smooth - a delight to the palate
 
Justin
Justin,
Great rye overall. Great for summer, nice spice without being overwhelming.
 
David
David,
Very smooth with a kick.
 
Paul
Paul,
Very enjoyable, smooth and flavorful!
 
Mark
Mark,
This is fantastic, very smooth I would recommend this to anyone.
 
Jason
Jason,
This just became my favorite rye. A little pricey, but high quality.
 
Brad
Brad,
Amazing. So smooth
 
Matt
Matt,
Close enough to the Boss Hogg for the price
 
Jim
Jim,
This is my all-time favorite Rye. It has what I describe as an exotic flavor profile, that coats every part of the mouth, with lingering waves of tastes.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Amazing rye. Unique finish adds depth without being overpowering, and there’s just enough wood influence and spice to balance everything together. Definitely worth splurging on!
 
Mike
Mike,
My favorite rye so far! Smooth and no burn at all.
 
Skip
Skip,
Love the taste and finish
 
Paul
Paul,
The Bourbon Drinkers Rye
guest
guest,
Sunny hill
Michael
Michael,
The best bottle of rye I have ever drank. My father and I bought it for thanksgiving and almost drank the entire bottle over dinner. Would highly recommend!
 
Peter
Peter,
This was my first WhistlePig and I loved it. I don't see Apple mentioned, but I sensed a hint of Apple in the nose and finish. Great spicy kick and long lasting flavors.
 
Pete
Pete,
My first whistle pig sample. It had more of a bite than you should get at that price point
 
Anne
Anne,
Great flavor, better neat
 
John
John,
Love this! Fantastic flavor. Fantastic blend!
 
Cory
Cory,
Excellent!
 
Stann
Stann,
WOW Just purchased another bottle and one of the 15yr old because.... I have to know
 
Jovon
Jovon,
Much better then their straight Rye!
 
Cody
Cody,
Amazingly smooth
 
Mark
Mark,
Still my favorite whiskey of all time, of any variety. Everything about it is nearly perfect. Except the price. I can't afford to buy it very often, but every time I do, I am richly rewarded.
 
James
James,
Sweet long finish. Super smooth. Favorite Rye currently.
 
Brittany
Brittany,
A very great sipping whisky. Warm mouth feel, wonderful Smokey notes and welcoming bite.
 
Dylan
Dylan,
It has the depth of flavor that I enjoy and is smooth enough for my wife to drink without scrunching up her face.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Good, opens up with a little ice, would buy again, but want to try other WP offerings first. Price point is a bit too high for me though
 
DAVID
DAVID,
I love Whistle Pig, and this may be their best product. It's darn near perfect. Packs a punch up front, but not too heavy. Smooth finish, nice warmth as it goes down. A world class rye.
 
Sean
Sean,
Huge hit at guys night whiskey tasting. Big bold pepper spicyness with a long smooth almost sweet finish. This has quickly became one of my favorites!
 
Michael
Michael,
Great beginning. Stale vat finish. Not a huge fan but could sip this with a meal.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, rich Rye Whiskey with a rich birth; while a rich & complex life; leads to a long & rich death with notes of dark chocolate, caramel & a hint of smoke.
 
Richard
Richard,
This whiskey has ruined me. I've just learned to appreciate whiskey and now nothing compares to this one. It's good on the rocks but even better neat with a few drops of water. Caramel and fruit are the prominent notes. Price is similar to my local distributor.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
I picked up a bottle of a slightly different blend of this exclusive to a Chicagoland liquor store. Not sure how it differs from the standard release in terms of taste, but the one I have is absolutely fantastic. This is definitely something I'll be keeping in stock in the home bar.
 
John
John,
Sweet and subtle bite throughout. Smooth rye whiskey.
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
This whiskey is definitely an acquired taste...that I haven't yet developed. I am not a fan of aging whiskey in various wine barrels. I want my whiskey to taste like whiskey and my wine etc. I'm embarrassed to tell anyone how much I spent on this bottle. Wish I could get my money back or a credit to spend toward something I would drink. Oh well, live and learn.
Jennifer
Jennifer,
I wish I could buy your bottle!
Sean
Sean,
I like your style Jennifer!
Joshua
Joshua,
Vanilla and spicy and everything nice. Excellent rye.
 
Michael
Michael,
I only got to first try Whistle Pig within the last couple of years out here on the 9th island. It quickly became a staple that is complex yet easy to enjoy and not completely overbearing. When Old World appeared I quickly got my hands on a bottle and was certainly worth the 30 extra bucks.
 
guest
guest,
Amazing flavor
 
Shawn
Shawn,
Oh yes! This Rye is fantastic!
 
Dwight
Dwight,
One of my favorite Rye Whiskeys, period. Not only incredibly smooth, but with a host of complex flavors from beginning to end. Now if only it wasn't so pricey...
 
Kyle
Kyle,
One of the best Rye’s I’ve had to date
 
Bob
Bob,
Our favorite...we tasted and immediately drove to liquor store to purchase our first bottle...we try to keep several bottles at home...hard to find and hate to run out.
 
Mark
Mark,
Probably the best rye I ever had. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Definitely worth the price. Will buy again.
 
Chuck
Chuck,
I really like this. It's smooth and has a great taste. This may become one of my 'go-to' Ryes.
 
Bianca
Bianca,
The only Rye I have ever liked! I wouldn’t mind having a bottle of this in my home bar!
 
Madison
Madison,
This is one of the few whiskies that after one taste I immediately know I would like to buy multiple bottles. This is, by far, my favorite rye whiskey. Admittedly, I'm a beginner to rye, but I prefer this over most bourbons, and maybe even a few scotches (but if anyone asks I never said that last part.)
 
Chuck
Chuck,
Smooth and flavorful!
 
Troy
Troy,
I was curious if the taste warranted the price; it does. Fantastic.
 
Tracy
Tracy,
Smooth in e front and a little spice in the back. VERY NICE!
 
Alon
Alon,
Really excellent in every way. Interesting, flavorful, smooth. One of the best whiskey's I've had.
 
John
John,
Amazing Rye
 
Alon
Alon,
Sweet but not too sweet, nice spice, nice bloom, easy aftertaste. Overall an outstanding drink, a pleasure to drink neat or any other way you'd like.
 
Brian
Brian,
This whiskey has a great nose! With a luxurious mouth feel. The alcohol content is just right to warm you up on a cold evening. It has notes of honey and oak on the front, with tobacco and spices on the after taste. It’s a little pricey for me, but a very nice bottle to have for a special occasion!
 
Gary
Gary,
Excellent - typically direct people here after they've had Basil Haden's - again, to show them what just a little bit more money gets them in terms of quality.
 
Alice
Alice,
Tasted for Robert Burns Night. Very smooth, slightly sweet, good sipper on the rocks.
 
Michael
Michael,
It was ok. I expected more flavor. After setting out for about 20 min it does offer more flavor. Kinda like wine.
 
Michael
Michael,
All time favorite!
 
Dean
Dean,
ONE OF THE BEST RYES I HAVE TASTED
 
Clinton
Clinton,
Love the mix of finishing barrels - really finishes great due to them, personally I think the Madeira is what sets it apart. Priced high but for those of us who enjoy a little sweeter different finish while still holding onto that rye up front then buy this and you won’t regret it lol
 
Matt
Matt,
tasty
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Another solid offering from WhistlePig.
 
Carl
Carl,
Smoooooth
 
Dave
Dave,
Complex flavors, spice-kick, and is smooth with a nice prolong finish.
 
Alton
Alton,
Very nice and smooth.. I will keep a bottle or two always!
 
Alex
Alex,
It's a great whiskey and of course living in Vermont, I had to try it. I absolutely loved it but I don't think it's worth the price.
 
Carl
Carl,
Superb rye for sipping - just enough spice up front
 
Ben
Ben,
Excellent flavor, smooth as hell!
 
Brad
Brad,
Very good. Smooth and rich
 
Zachery
Zachery,
Delicious hands down
 
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